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Trump blasts Twitter for 'banning free speech'

This photo taken on August 10, 2020 shows a photo illustration of a Twitter logo displayed on a mobile phone in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump has blasted Twitter from his official government account after the social media platform suspended his personal account. 

On Friday, Twitter permanently suspended the Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces from its service “due to the risk of further incitement of violence” following the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. 

"After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account," Twitter posted in a blog.

A senior administration official told Politico that Trump went "ballistic" after Twitter acknowledged as his favorite social media platform, suspended his personal account.   

Trump then began writing tweets from his presidential Twitter account, @POTUS, which led to the deletion of all original tweets from this account by Twitter on Friday night.

After permanently suspending Trump's personal account, Twitter had banned the account of his presidential campaign -- @TeamTrump, as well.

Twitter shut down his @TeamTrump campaign account shortly after it deleted tweets from Trump's official government account.

In the recently deleted tweets, Trump went on to write “Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me.”

The outgoing President of the United States of America insisted that he “would not be SILENCED!” due to Twitter's permanent suspension of his personal account.

Trump later added that he was reviewing the “possibilities of building out our own platform.”

The news came after the announcement that Trump’s Facebook account would be blocked indefinitely, or at least until President-elect Joe Biden’s takes office.

The move by Twitter and Facebook to stop Trump from spreading lies was met with mixed reactions among public figures and celebrities.

On Friday and Saturday, Trump's critics praised the move, while Trump supporters condemned it as censorship.

Mark Ruffalo thanked Twitter for the ban, and Mark Hamill jokingly asked "And how is YOUR day going?," while sharing a screenshot of the president's deactivated account.


Thank you @Twitter & the board. #BanTrumpSaveDemocracy #RemoveTrumpNow @btaylor @omidkordestani @rosenblattdavid @authorzoellick @Marthalanefox @pichette @jessecohn4 @egon_durban @drfeifei @NOIweala @EV @biz @Jack

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 8, 2021


Meghan McCain, daughter of the late John McCain and conservative host of "The View" wrote  that Trump would burn the White House if the ban were lifted.

"He's gonna burn the White House to the ground," she wrote.


He's gonna burn the White House to the ground.

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 9, 2021


Some condemned Twitter's decision to censor the US president's accounts.

Donald Trump Jr. blasted the social media platform for killing "free-speech."

"We are living Orwell’s 1984. Free-speech no longer exists in America. It died with big tech and what’s left is only there for a chosen few."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called it "a serious mistake."

"Twitter may ban me for this but I willingly accept that fate: Your decision to permanently ban President Trump is a serious mistake" he said. New York-based comedian Sarah Cooper wrote that somebody's got to explain to Trump the he cannot just change platform and that he will lose his followers.  

Trump has faced serious backlash following his role in inciting a riot at the Capitol on Wednesday, prompting a large goup of Democrats and Republicans to demand his immediate removal and impeachment.

A recent poll shows that the majority of Americans want Trump to leave office as soon as possible.

The poll shows most Americans see those who support Trump as either foolish racists or criminal-minded individuals.

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